2. Week 15 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Another primetime performance for Justin Herbert, this time on Thursday night. I give the nod to this game for two main reasons: 1. The Chargers actually won (and because of Herbert) and 2. because this ended the Raiders’ playoff hopes, which is always great.
It was also the first divisional win for the Chargers since Week 17 of the 2018 season, so that is something.
Herbert sliced and diced the Vegas defense. He finished the night with 314 passing yards on 22-32 passing. He had no turnovers and won the game on its final play: a quarterback sneak in overtime that gave Herbert his third touchdown of the night.
This was especially impressive considering that Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were both banged up and had a combined five targets. Herbert instead had to target Hunter Henry, Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and K.J. Hill.
Henry is really good, but that is not a murderer’s row of passing targets.
1. Week 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Herbert’s first career win is the best start that he made all season. After tough back-to-back games against Tampa Bay and New Orleans, the Chargers hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars and Herbert shined against a really bad Jaguars defense.
Herbert wound up throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns on 27-43 passing. He had no turnovers and posted the most rushing yards of any game this season. He finished with 66 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
Herbert finished this game with 413 combined yards and four touchdowns. It may have come against a bad team and it may not have been watched by as many people as the previous games.
However, it is hard to deny 400 yards and four touchdowns, in the first win of his career, as Justin Herbert’s best game of the season